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The First Crop

The First Crop
18 x 36 cm

For weeks we had fairly dry weather when more southerly parts of Britain were having torrential rain. It was cold though, so the grass was growing slowly in the fields. Now we have warmer weather but it has turned wet as well, so farmers are held up with the hay-making. A few fields have been cut for silage but a dry spell will be needed for a hay crop.

Harvesting exposes the fresh new shoots and at this time of year there is a patchwork of of bright yellow-green fields.


  1. Hi there Keith!... This deep vista with its far flung hills really strongly emphasizes that rich yellow-green hayfield in the middle ground.

    The smell of newly mowed hay in the dank ... cool night air of summer is something that I always look forward to.

    It helps to remind me of the power and vitality of summer... and reassures me that the much anticipated feeds of corn and other favourite summer vegetables... are near at hand!

    We still need rain... VERY badly here!

    A gem Keith!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  2. Your landscapes are something to be admired.. and I do..
    I feel like I am there , and can smell the rain.
    You live in a beautiful place.. and your paintings do it justice. !
    all my best, Barbra Joan (BJ)

  3. Hi Bruce, I know what you mean about the smell of hay fields at night. I also like the fresh smell of heavy rain after a dry spell. I hope you get to experience that soon.

    All the best,

  4. Thanks Barbra Joan. It's good to hear that you get so much from the paintings.

  5. Keith, I really like the muted colours in this one and that sky is amazing. The simple composition is lifted by the strong dark trees against the pale ground colours and the distant greys emphasise the murkiness of a dull wet day. Very nice work.

  6. Beautiful watercolour, Keith. I love your fresh style. Lots of depth in this one.

  7. You can almost smell the rain. Lovely painting, Keith.

  8. Ha, ha! Diane, that reminds me that it was said of Constable that you might need an umbrella to look at his paintings.

  9. So very typical of the flat lands of Caithness and of course the skies ... no where on earth are there skies like the Caithness skies. You interpret them so well Keith! :)

  10. Possibly Norfolk skies Ingrid. I often see landscapes here that remind me of the paintings of Norfolk artists.


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